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Onöhsagwë:dé Cultural Center 

82 W. Hetzel St., Salamanca, NY 14779

716-945-1760, SenecaMuseum.org

Opened in August of 2018, this impressive brand new 33,000 square-foot building has hundreds of items on display that will be regularly updated.  Learn about the history and culture of the Seneca people and see amazing artifacts, such as the Cornplanter Pipe-Tomahawk.  Chief Cornplanter was one of the most prominent and important people in Seneca History.  He was given a pipe tomahawk by George Washington in 1792, with hopes to end years of battle, murder and crimes.  The pipe eventually made its new home at the New York State Museum but was stolen in the early 1900's.  226 years later (in 2018), by some miracle, the pipe tomahawk was anonymously returned to the New York State Museum.  And earlier this year (2019), Chief Cornplanter's Peace Pipe-Tomahawk was returned to the Seneca Nation of Indians.  The Cultural Center hosts regular lectures, classes, and vendor events, where you can purchase authentic Native works of art direct from the artist.  400 people can pack the new outdoor amphitheater for educational programs, including Native lectures, cultural presentations, plays for children, and even concerts. The gift shop has been expanded and now offers online ordering of exclusive Native-made and inspired art and other keepsakes. 

 

Allegany State Park in Salamanca

2373 ASP, Rte 1, Suite 3 Salamanca, NY 14779

716-354-9121

Allegany State Park is not just for camping!  With a plethora of outdoor adventure activities, a restaurant, events, and museums, it offers full day trips for when you (or your family) need a break from the course. Enjoy spring unfolding as you hike any one of the 21 hiking trails, one leading you to explore bear caves, another taking you up around Stone Tower, and even another one that will lead you past the old ski jumps.  Rent a kayak, rowboat, paddleboat, or stand up paddleboard to get out on either Red House or Quaker Lake, then relax on the beach after taking a swim (lifeguard must be on duty).  You can fish, rent bikes, or explore the indoor gift shops and museums.  Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at the restaurant after a long day of enjoying the great outdoors.  For a schedule of their events, please visit them on Facebook.  

 

Rock City Park 

505 Rt. 16 S, Olean, NY 14760

1-866-404-7625, RockCityPark.com

Rock City Park in Olean invites visitors to explore their massive outcropping of quartz conglomerate.  What that means is you can climb around, on, and even under rocks that are sometimes 2 stories tall!  An attraction since 1890, you start with the view from above, then make your way down a staircase to see just how tall these rocks really are!  Follow the paved path, which is just over a mile, and takes about 45 minutes to complete.  But take your time, and don’t forget the camera!  Your family will have a blast setting up spectacular and even funny photo ops (try the balancing rock).  There is a gift shop with interesting and unique items, including many gems, minerals and fossils, as well as bathrooms, a picnic area, and outdoor art.  They host two annual events, the first being a Mother's Day weekend Arts and Crafts Show and the second being a Fall Day Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. 

 

Griffis Sculpture Park 

6902 Mill Valley Rd., East Otto, NY 14729

716-667-2808, GriffisPark.org

Griffis Sculpture Park is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019!  This park that is one of the largest and oldest sculpture parks in the country shows visitors just how beautiful art can be when combined with nature.  Consisting of two properties - Mill Valley Rd. Property and Rohr Hill Rd. Property - the woods, fields, valleys, and even the ponds are filled with large steel sculptures.  You can climb on them, meander around, hang from, crawl in, lay across, sit next to or just stare at them in awe.  Each Saturday in July and August, there will be a free art & nature program on the properties from 12pm-2pm.  Celebrate the 50th on Saturday, June 8th at the Essex Arts Center or September 14th at the Night Light Evening Dinner, and save the date for their Summer Music Fest on August 18th.

 

New York's Amish Trail 

1-800-331-0543, AmishTrail.com

New  York’s Amish Trail runs along the entire Western side of Cattaraugus County. The back roads will lead you to an adventure quite unlike any other.  There, you will find an Old Order Amish Community with homes and shops in the towns of Randolph, Conewango, Leon, South Dayton, Dayton and Gowanda.  You will find yourself relaxed and renewed as your cares seem to disappear to views of farmlands, open spaces, and charming backdrops filled with sunshine. You will see meticulous gardens full of crops sprouting up and horse drawn plows tilling the fields in the springtime.  Look for freshly made maple syrup, birdhouses to decorate your yard with or plant your own garden after purchasing already started plants from their greenhouses. Follow hand-painted signs down the side roads to the Amish businesses where you can purchase a wide variety of goods, each made with incomparable hand craftsmanship.  Call for a Free Amish Trail Map and for any questions you have about our Old Order Amish.

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